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Tuesday, October 21st

  • 22 Deike Building 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

    Sarah Brownlee, Wayne State University
    "Seismic Anistropy as a Tool for Improving Understanding of Composition and Structure in the Continental Crust"

Wednesday, October 22nd

  • C213 Coal Utilization Lab 10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Harold Schobert
    Professor Emeritus of Fuel Science, Penn State
    Schobert International, LLC

    Coal To Liquids: Can It Be Clean Energy?
    Production of synthetic liquid fuels from coals via traditional technologies is commercially viable but with significant environmental problems. Indirect liquefaction proceeds via production of synthesis gas from coal, followed by Fischer-Tropsch synthesis of liquids. Based on carbon balance, a Fischer-Tropsch plant is basically a carbon dioxide factory that produces synthetic liquid fuels as a by-product. Direct liquefaction is theoretically a one-step production of liquids from coal, but usually the primary liquid product is similar to an aromatic, sour crude, requiring significant downstream upgrading. The EMS Energy Institute has developed a process for solvent extraction of coal followed by two-stage hydrotreating, which produces clean diesel and jet fuel. A conceptual design has been developed for making the process essentially emission-free, which could lead to the world’s first zero-emission CTL technology.

  • 413 EES Building 11:30 am - 01:00 pm

    Richard Alley, Department of Geosciences and April Millet, John Dutton e-Education, Penn State University
    "Using Instructional Video in Your Courses"

  • 210 Ferguson Building 12:00 pm - 01:15 pm

    Jeffrey Brownson, Department of EME, Penn State University
    "Solar Portfolio Analysis for Photovoltaics: Quantifying Contributions of Locational Marginal Pricing and Power on Overall Revenue and Investment Risk"

  • 18 Deike Building 12:15 pm - 01:15 pm

    "Managing the 21st Century's Sustainability Crises/Collapse of the Titans" (56-minute video)

  • 112 Walker Building 03:30 pm - 04:30 pm

    Chris Wikle, Department of Statistics, University of Missouri
    "Bayesian Hierarchical Spatio-Temporal Statistical Models for Atmospheric and Oceanic Processes"

Thursday, October 23rd

  • 26 Hosler Building 09:45 am - 10:45 am

    Thomas Kuech, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    "Growth of Metastable Epitaxial Alloys: Approaches and Success"

Friday, October 24th

  • 112 Walker Building 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

    Armen Kemanian, Department of Plant Science, Penn State University
    "The Soil Carbon Balance, Nitrous Oxide Emissions, and Biofuels"

  • Joint Center for Energy Research promotes U.S.-China collaboration
    Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:31
    With the goal of promoting global cooperation in clean energy research and education, Penn State and Dalian University of Technology (DUT) in China established an international Joint Center for Energy Research (JCER) in 2011 as a part of global engagement efforts at both universities.
  • Penn State to join international celebration of geographic information systems
    Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:50
    GIS Day, the annual, worldwide salute to geospatial technology and its power to transform and better lives, is coming to Penn State on Wednesday, Nov. 19, during Geography Awareness Week, Nov. 16 to 22.
  • On Tuesday, October 21st, Geosciences Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Sarah Brownlee, Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, Wayne State University, presents "Seismic Anisotropy as a Tool for Improving Understanding of Composition and Structure in the Contin
    Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:56

    On Tuesday, October 21st, Geosciences Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Sarah Brownlee, Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, Wayne State University, presents "Seismic Anisotropy as a Tool for Improving Understanding of Composition and Structure in the Continental Crust" at 4 PM in 022 Deike Building. A pre-talk speaker reception will take place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.

      

    Dr. Brownlee received a B.A. in Geosciences from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the University of California at Berkley. Her fields of specialty are geochemistry and geophysics. Dr. Brownlee's research interests include the study of the structure, composition, and elasticity of middle and lower crustal materials. She is currently working to understand seismic anisotropy in the lower continental crust along with time and length scales of processes governing transport of material through the crust. She uses a combination of thermochronology, paleomagnetism, analytical techniques, and numerical modeling in her research.

     

  • Marcellus Shale Tour and Panel Discussion to be held Oct. 29 at the Palmer
    Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:22
    The Palmer Museum of Art will present the Marcellus Shale Tour and Panel Discussion titled "Boom/Bust Cycles of Extractive Industries in Pennsylvania" at the museum from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29.
  • Mineralogical society event will celebrate iconic dinosaur artist Knight
    Sun, 10/12/2014 - 15:42
    “Charles R. Knight: Art and Geology” celebrates the work of Charles R. Knight, the "father of paleoart," whose paintings of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures have been seen by millions in museums, zoos, libraries, books and films. The free event kicks off at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15 in 114 Earth and Engineering Science Building with a special tribute and talk at 7:45 p.m.
  • Penn State Brandywine professor joins NOAA crew for research mission at sea
    Thu, 10/09/2014 - 16:13
    Since joining Penn State Brandywine’s faculty in 2001, Associate Professor of Earth Science Laura Guertin has focused on bringing real-world perspective into the classroom. The geologist recently voyaged to sections of the Atlantic Ocean to conduct a research mission with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of its Teacher at Sea Program.
  • Geoscience Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Christopher Kincaid, Professor of Oceanography with the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, will present "Subduction Sonnet 116: Let Me Not to the Marriage of Plume and Slab, Admit Impedime
    Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:47

    Geoscience Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Christopher Kincaid, Professor of Oceanography with the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, will present "Subduction Sonnet 116: Let Me Not to the Marriage of Plume and Slab, Admit Impediments" at 4 PM on the 14th in 022 Deike. A pre-talk Speaker Reception will be held at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum. All are welcome.

     

    Dr. Kincaid holds Ph.D. in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics from The John Hopkins University. His research interests are divided between the dynamics of Earth's interior and problems in coastal physical oceanography. Dr. Kincaid uses 3D laboratory and numerical models to study circulation and thermal-chemical transport within Earth's mantle. Recent projects focus on the interaction between buoyant mantle plumes and plate subduction processes. These include developing coupled ecosystem models for Narragansett Bay, exploring the relationship between poor flushing within urban estuaries and chronic water quality problems, and studying the June 13, 2013, meteotsunami that hit Rhode Island. 

  • Science researchers hone their communication skills at workshop
    Tue, 10/07/2014 - 16:52
    On Oct. 2, a group of Penn State faculty gathered with policymakers and journalists in a workshop on science communication skills. The training was co-sponsored by the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) and the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE). This is the second science communication workshop the groups have organized and is part of an ongoing strategic initiative to improve researchers’ skills in this area.
  • Emeritus Professor awarded Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award in India
    Tue, 10/07/2014 - 10:23
    Raja V. Ramani, Emeritus Professor of Mining and GeoEnvironmental Engineering, and Emeritus George H. Jr. and Anne B. Deike Chair in Mining Engineering, was awarded the Fulbright - Nehru Distinguished Chair at the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) for October 2014 to February 2015.
  • Marcellus Shale Gallery Conversations begin Oct. 10 at the Palmer Museum of Art
    Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:02
    The Palmer Museum of Art will present a series of gallery conversations this fall related to the major exhibition organized by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, "Marcellus Shale Documentary Project," now on view at the museum through Dec. 14.
  • Air pollution and the ocean
    Mon, 10/06/2014 - 15:52
    Scientists have a good understanding of how air pollution impacts human health and the terrestrial biosphere, but what impact does air pollution have on oceans? To help answer this question, this past August, researchers from Penn State's Department of Meteorology embarked on a three-week, NSF-funded field project to catch and analyze rainwater at sea.
  • Couple's inaugural gift for Steidle laboratory honors 1942 alumnus
    Fri, 10/03/2014 - 11:01
    Joel Reed and his wife, Kim Boeshore Reed, recently made a philanthropic commitment to name a new laboratory the Paul Herman Reed Thermal Characterization Laboratory inside the Steidle Building.
  • Geosciences Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Douglas Kennett, Professor of Environmental Archaeology and Human Behavioral Ecology, Department of Anthropology, Penn State University, presents "Interdisciplinary Opportunities for the Study of Human-Earth Interaction
    Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:02

    Geosciences Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Douglas Kennett, Professor of Environmental Archaeology and Human Behavioral Ecology, Department of Anthropology, Penn State University, presents "Interdisciplinary Opportunities for the Study of Human-Earth Interactions with AMS Radiocarbon" at 4 PM on Tuesday, October 7th, in 022 Deike. A pre-talk Speaker Reception will be held at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum. All are welcome.

     

    Dr. Kennett received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Anthropology with a specialization in Archaeology. His current research interests include the study of human sociopolitical dynamics under changing environmental conditions, human impacts on ancient environments, and behavioral response to abrupt climate change in the past. In addition to his tenure at Penn State, he has held faculty positions at California State University Long Beach and the University of Oregon. He is the author of The Island Chumash (University of California Press, 2005) and co-editor, with Bruce Winterhalder, of the book Behavioral Ecology and the Transition to Agriculture (University of California Press, 2006). He is also the co-editor, with Atholl Anderson, of Taking the High Ground: the Archaeology of Rapa, a fortified island in remote East Polynesia (Australia National University Press, 2012).

     

  • NSF funds three Penn State teams to study 2D materials
    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 10:48
    Through the National Science Foundation's Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program, Penn State was awarded $4 million over the next four years to lead two teams of investigators and support members of a third team in the new field of 2D crystals and layered materials.
  • Interdisciplinary team aims to predict the future of Antarctic ice
    Wed, 10/01/2014 - 08:01
    The National Science Foundation's Division of Mathematical Sciences has awarded more than $500,000 to Penn State to develop new statistical methods needed for predicting the future of Antarctic ice sheets. Using information gleaned from geologic data from the past 20,000 years, the scientists also will apply their new methods to provide a better understanding of the past and current behavior of the ice sheets.
  • Air Force Academy Telescope connects Penn State to the galaxy
    Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:12
    The same telescope that U.S. Air Force Academy cadets will use to capture data on satellites shuttling through space will give local high school and Penn State students the chance to learn first-hand about the galaxy and what’s in it. The Falcon Telescope Network brings together the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado with the Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State, one of 12 partner sites around the world where telescopes are being stationed.
  • Geosciences Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Kim Cobb, Associate Professor, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, will present "El Niño Southern Oscillation: Unruly Past and Bright Future" at 4 PM on Tuesday, September 30th.
    Thu, 09/25/2014 - 15:46

    Geosciences Colloquium Speaker, Dr. Kim Cobb, Associate Professor, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, will present "El Niño Southern Oscillation: Unruly Past and Bright Future" at 4 PM on Tuesday, September 30th, in 022 Deike. A pre-talk Speaker Reception will be held at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum. All are welcome.

      

    Self-described as 40% Climate Scientist, 40% Mom, and 20% Indiana Jones, Dr. Cobb received her B.A. in Geology and Biology from Yale University and her Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of California at San Diego. She is a climatologist known for her work analyzing global climate change and reconstructing tropical climates, particularly in the Pacific. Her objective is to improve climate model projections of regional climate change including, for example, trends in rainfall in the tropics where 70% of the world population lives.

     

    Dr. Cobb won the NSF CAREER Award, the Georgia Tech Education Partnership Award, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. She is also one of 18 recently-named PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellows, sponsored by National Geographic. 

     

  • COMPASS Lecture - Chad English, COMPASS, 10/1/14
    Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:19

    October 1, 2014 at 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    117 HUB-Robeson Center (Freeman Auditorium) reception to follow

    Chad English, Director of Science Policy Outreach, COMPASS
    "Entering the Policy Fray"

    For scientists pursuing socially-relevant research on issues like climate change, alternative energies and biodiversity, the policy process so often seems maddeningly opaque. The relevance of your research may be obvious to you, but knowing where to start is not. Where do you start? Who do you need to talk to? Do you need to present your science differently? Is it even possible to enter the policy fray and still maintain your integrity?

    Chad English, science policy trainer and coach, will explore these question in an afternoon lecture and discussion that will pull back the curtain on the science-policy interface and provide insights, lessons and stories of success gleaned from a decade of life at the interface.

    http://www.psiee.psu.edu/news/2014_news/Compass2014.asp

  • GE to invest in Penn State center to study natural gas supply chains
    Wed, 09/24/2014 - 10:30
    GE announced that it will invest up to $10 million in Penn State to establish a new innovation center focused on driving cutting-edge advancements in the natural gas industry. The Center for Collaborative Research on Intelligent Natural Gas Supply Systems at Penn State will seek to advance efficiency and environmental sustainability both through technological innovations and improved supply chain management. Penn State President Eric Barron will outline the creation of the center during a luncheon today (Sept. 24).
  • 2-D materials' crystalline defects key to new properties
    Wed, 09/24/2014 - 09:36
    Understanding how atoms "glide" and "climb" on the surface of 2D crystals like tungsten disulphide may pave the way for researchers to develop materials with unusual or unique characteristics, according to an international team of researchers.

VOICES of Our College:  Earth and Mineral Sciences
The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences celebrates its rich heritage and tradition of excellence through sharing the spoken words of the people who have influenced our history. The compelling accounts of their experiences, hopes, and visions for our future demonstrate the power of stories to engage us and spur us to actively participate in shaping the next generation of our graduates. Be inspired and entertained as you listen to the stories of both past and present people of EMS! You'll find audio files and view photographs of current students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. Discover how the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences has built a community dedicated to teaching, research, and service, to industry and society.  <<Listen to the VOICES of EMS>>

 

Penn State Faculty:  The Experience of Online Teaching
The World Campus has produced a great video that features Penn State faculty (Sarma Pisupati, Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering) discussing their experience of online teaching.  These faculty stories illustrate the variety of course types, instructional design models and levels of faculty engagement in World Campus courses. <<VIEW VIDEO>>

 

Penn State:  Inspiring Researchers
In research, small breakthroughs can make big impacts . . . impacts that can save lives.  Jim Adair and his team at Penn State are transforming the way we treat and detect cancer . . . <<VIEW VIDEO>>

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